Best Law Firm Websites, 2013 Edition

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The 2014 best law firm websites are out! Check out the current top 10.

It’s time. Aaron, Greg, and I have been through the nominations and whittled the contenders down to the 10 best law firm websites from the nominations we received. I expect we all used slightly-different criteria, but it was pretty easy to pick 10.

Each site is visually striking, and many have unique features. Make sure you watch the video on The Kim Law Firm website, check out the parallax effect on Sandage Bell’s, and look for the cheeky copy on Mighty Marks.

Rather than explain why we picked these 10, we’ll let you take a look and decide which you like best. Cast your vote at the bottom of the post. Lobby for your favorites in the comments (again, no self-promotion; lobby for your own site on Twitter, if you feel the need), or tell us why we’ve done a horrible job coming up with this year’s slate of “best law firm websites.”

Here they are, in no particular order. (All links will open in a new tab.) When you are done, cast your vote!

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  • johnthunder

    Great selection of nominations Sam. Amazed to see the progress in designs every year. Seems like html5 has finally hit the scene for law firms, though not quite convinced just yet. Thoughts?

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      Yeah, I’m not sure you can draw a sweeping conclusion like that from such a small selection. Many (perhaps most) law firm websites haven’t been updated in years. It will be a while before most lawyers have responsive HTML5 websites.

  • http://www.practiceprocedure.com/ Andrew Nettleman

    To me, the most surprising (but not necessarily #1) is the JAG website. I’m impressed to see an organization such as this embrace something new and different from what the rest of the government is doing.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      While I agree with you, the military branches have long been on the cutting edge of marketing to recruits. The website is great, but it’s nothing compared to the video game the Army produced.

      • http://www.practiceprocedure.com/ Andrew Nettleman

        A very good point indeed. But JAG isn’t marketing to 18 year old guys who are juiced up by swords and climbing mountains. They are advertising to presumably sophisticated law students and prospective law students. I guess my point is that they understand their market and demographic is different from the rest of the military units that typically advertise, and they are doing a good job of targeting that market.

        • Lukasz Gos

          Yeah, I think I’ve ‘nominated’ the JAG too. IMHO, they seem to have the best site around, and if the site’s any guide, they might as well really be the best law firm in the world. They really make me think what if I were American, what a cool job I could have (if I passed the physicals, which is unlikely).

  • Carl Holden

    Interesting to note that only Anderson, Irwin and Boughton are Mobile Responsive. That’s something all websites should have nowadays.

    • Rufina C.

      Boughton is also responsive.

  • Will

    I think all of these websites look fantastic but I can’t vote for a website that doesn’t have recent blog posts. It just shows disrespect for a Web presence and for Internet readers.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      What if the website doesn’t include a blog in the first place? Is that a dealbreaker for you, too?

      • Will

        I’d say it connotes a certain lack of engagement with a Web audience. But no blog is better than hosting a graveyard blog.

        • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

          Well, I definitely agree that no blog is better than a dead blog. But I don’t think most lawyers have any business starting a blog. It’s hard to do well, and most lawyers aren’t up to the challenge.

  • Rebecca Ortiz

    Mari A. Irwin is the best and moblie responsive

    • Joe lewis

      I disagree. I really liked until I actually clicked content buttons. The actual information under “child custody” and “divorce law” consisted of a single self-serving sentence about how it it sucks, but she can help it suck less.

      I’m pretty sure most consumers want more, and will move on to search for valuable information and a sense of excellence.

  • Andres

    Hi Sam, nice selection! I’ve created a list in Simulty, a webpage combinator we’ve just launched, so you can access all firms from one single tab and share them using a unique link: http://j.mp/1aTLy4G
    Hope you’ll like it!

  • http://emayerlaw.com/ Eric L. Mayer

    No Fishtown Lawyers? Seriously?

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      It’s a great site, but nobody nominated it. Although if they had, and we selected it, I imagine we would be inundated by people calling us crooked cheaters for including the website of one of our contributors.

  • Lukasz Gos

    JAG, BDA, MA. Pity I voted for JAG alone before realising I could pick up to 3. As for the rest, I don’t even like them.

  • Joe

    I noticed the same thing. Voting for best themeforest theme I suppose.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      I’d be curious if you could link to the themes pages for the sites you think come from Themeforest. I’m interested, and I’m sure others would be, as well.

  • http://www.mesrianilaw.com/ Mark Melgie

    Impressive websites I vote for Boughton Law and Jag

  • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

    Greatness is ineffable. Either that, or you are over-thinking what is meant to be a fun contest.

  • Rosemary Walsh

    I too thought the JAG site was the best and am only sorry that I can’t hire them. I like the Boughton tagline and *that* image, not so much some of the others in the stream. I agree with another commenter that all the lawyer sites say they’re different (and, as a group, are some of the most godawful sites ever). That’s why I also like the MA site, specifically for the “Why we fight” component. My experience is collusion is more the order of the day than fighting for the client. Just the existence of the “Why we fight” makes them more believable.

    I really dislike the Mari Irwin interface on the front page. It looks like the interface that Microsoft was pushing for their smartphone. And it works as an interface for a phone given the real estate constraints.

  • Alec Rippberger

    I didn’t bother watching Kim’s video. If I were searching for an attorney I probably wouldn’t have either–the bland website wouldn’t spur me to.

    Urod.cl’s server isn’t configured to redirect non-WWW requests… that would be enough to discourage me from (re)visiting. Also, the site looks awful on my phone.

    MorrisAndersonLaw.com has to be my favorite. That guy’s beard is plain kick-ass.

    It feels like this list is based solely off of visual appearance. I think it would be nice if information architecture and accessibility played a larger role.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      It feels like this list is based solely off of visual appearance. I think it would be nice if information architecture and accessibility played a larger role.

      Totally fair criticism. Although I don’t know how we would train our electorate to vote based on information architecture and accessibility. Instead, I intend to address the “don’t judge a book by its cover” problem when I announce the winner (which looks like it will be BD&P by a mile, at this point).

  • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

    Not in the contest, obviously, but I just had coffee with two women who built a great-looking law firm website on SquareSpace. Seriously, it’s worth checking out: http://faregrange.com/

    • Ashkaan Hassan

      Wow, go SquareSpace!

  • kelly

    none of these are that great…expected better

  • Julia Youngs

    First is Jag Site…visually attractive, well organized, great content, but never TOO wordy (a common error on legal websites. I like Burnett as well – it is also well organized with useful content, and the site has a homey, “real people” feel that would make me comfortable calling them.

  • Gary Adkins

    I’ll vote for Morris Anderson, Jag, and Kim law. Well done!

    Wow, I thought our new law firm site was pretty good but these are outstanding. If anyone wants to offer any suggestions on ways we could improve our site, we would love to hear it. http://www.askthecarwreckattorneys.com

  • Rose Gross

    This website, http://www.scarincihollenbeck.com, went live today and I thought it was really awesome and warranted a submission in your competition!